Memorial Day in Lawler 2003

Author’s Note: This is one of my favorite stories from “Depot Street Memories-The Lawler Stories” (available as an e-book on Amazon.com for 3 bucks)

 There were countless patriotic ceremonies conducted throughout the United States this past week. Some attracted dignitaries and politicians who delivered rousing oratories produced by paid speechwriters. Others featured elite military bands, F-16 flyovers, and elaborate stages designed for a television audience.

But not one of them could have been more moving to this northeast Iowa native than the traditional gathering conducted in Lawler—the home of my youth.

My wife Renee and I had driven up from our Des Moines area home on Sunday to celebrate the high school graduation of our niece in Fort Atkinson. That evening I suggested to her that we get up early on Monday, visit the cemeteries of our respective families, and get to Lawler in time for the Memorial Services in the city park.

Although I moved away from the community in 1964 at the age of twenty, there have always been wonderful memories of my childhood there. Many are directly connected to the small piece of ground just north of the tracks next to the lumberyard. There were pick-up baseball and football games with the Scallys, Timlins, McGreeveys, and Leonards. Ice skating on cold January evenings when they flooded the area for us. A berry tree on the east end that bore fruit for the taking. And the Memorial Day parade in which soldiers from World Wars I and II and Korea marched from the Legion Hall three blocks west on Main Street to the corner with the fire bell by the lumberyard. They turned north for one-half block and entered the park. The ex-military men seemed old to me then because I was so young.

My friends and I eagerly anticipated the 21-gun salute so we could dive for the empty shell cases. Paul Junko always got there first and got the most. The rest of us begrudgingly respected his courage and timing.

And even though I never fully understood the full significance of the pageantry, I knew instinctively at some level that it was important for me to be there. Then a simple request was made by a teacher, Alice Costigan, during my freshman year in high school. “Bill, will you recite In Flanders Field in the park on Memorial Day?”

“Of course,” I agreed. “I would be honored to do so.”

And I have never taken the day for granted since. Too old to dive for shells and too young to understand the horrors of war—I memorized that wonderful poem about the dead asking to be remembered by the living, and it somehow changed my life. For the first time I really began to appreciate the sacrifices that have been made. Military men and women who survived and those who did not. Lives were given so that my family and friends could live in a free society. In New York or Los Angeles or Washington, D.C. or Chicago. Or Lawler, Iowa. And it moved me in a way that I had not been moved before.

Until this past week, thirty-nine years have passed since I last experienced the ceremony in person. However, every year I have thought of and thanked God for them—the brave soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen from Lawler.

Going back might have been one of those letdowns that occur when you return decades later.  The creek bed that’s not quite as wide or deep as you remembered. The buildings not as tall. The people not as friendly.

But it was not a disappointment. Rather, I was quietly overwhelmed with emotion as the veterans—who didn’t seem quite so old now that I am 59—marched west on Main Street. The building where they congregated to prepare for the march is no longer known as the Legion Hall. The fire bell on the corner has long since been dismantled. But they still marched with pride and dignity. With a sense of purpose. I watched as my cousin Jack McKone carried one of the flags. I heard the Turkey Valley band play God Bless America. And I stood there with a lump in my throat as they turned north at the west end of the lumberyard for one-half block and entered the park. Men, women, and children stood with hands over hearts, each bearing secret thoughts and memories of their own.

And then a young man stood on the bandstand overlooking the hushed assembled and began to recite, “In Flanders Field the poppies blow…beneath the crosses row on row…”

I thought of Alice Costigan and Paul Junko and soldiers and sailors and marines and airmen. And days in the park as a child. And more recent wars in Vietnam and Kuwait and Iraq.

As he finished the poem, tear drops unashamedly fell down my face. At that moment there is no place in the world I would rather have been on a beautiful sun-lit morning than in Lawler, Iowa.

On Memorial Day.

(Published in the New Hampton Tribune – June 6, 2003)

and

(Published in The Draft Horse Journal – Spring 2004)

Author’s Note: This is one of my favorite stories from “Depot Street Memories-The Lawler Stories” (available as an e-book on Amazon.com for 3 bucks)

Memorial Day in Lawler 2003
There were countless patriotic ceremonies conducted throughout the United States this past week. Some attracted dignitaries and politicians who delivered rousing oratories produced by paid speechwriters. Others featured elite military bands, F-16 flyovers, and elaborate stages designed for a television audience.
But not one of them could have been more moving to this northeast Iowa native than the traditional gathering conducted in Lawler—the home of my youth.
My wife Renee and I had driven up from our Des Moines area home on Sunday to celebrate the high school graduation of our niece in Fort Atkinson. That evening I suggested to her that we get up early on Monday, visit the cemeteries of our respective families, and get to Lawler in time for the Memorial Services in the city park.
Although I moved away from the community in 1964 at the age of twenty, there have always been wonderful memories of my childhood there. Many are directly connected to the small piece of ground just north of the tracks next to the lumberyard. There were pick-up baseball and football games with the Scallys, Timlins, McGreeveys, and Leonards. Ice skating on cold January evenings when they flooded the area for us. A berry tree on the east end that bore fruit for the taking. And the Memorial Day parade in which soldiers from World Wars I and II and Korea marched from the Legion Hall three blocks west on Main Street to the corner with the fire bell by the lumberyard. They turned north for one-half block and entered the park. The ex-military men seemed old to me then because I was so young.
My friends and I eagerly anticipated the 21-gun salute so we could dive for the empty shell cases. Paul Junko always got there first and got the most. The rest of us begrudgingly respected his courage and timing.
And even though I never fully understood the full significance of the pageantry, I knew instinctively at some level that it was important for me to be there. Then a simple request was made by a teacher, Alice Costigan, during my freshman year in high school. “Bill, will you recite In Flanders Field in the park on Memorial Day?”
“Of course,” I agreed. “I would be honored to do so.”
And I have never taken the day for granted since. Too old to dive for shells and too young to understand the horrors of war—I memorized that wonderful poem about the dead asking to be remembered by the living, and it somehow changed my life. For the first time I really began to appreciate the sacrifices that have been made. Military men and women who survived and those who did not. Lives were given so that my family and friends could live in a free society. In New York or Los Angeles or Washington, D.C. or Chicago. Or Lawler, Iowa. And it moved me in a way that I had not been moved before.
Until this past week, thirty-nine years have passed since I last experienced the ceremony in person. However, every year I have thought of and thanked God for them—the brave soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen from Lawler.
Going back might have been one of those letdowns that occur when you return decades later. The creek bed that’s not quite as wide or deep as you remembered. The buildings not as tall. The people not as friendly.
But it was not a disappointment. Rather, I was quietly overwhelmed with emotion as the veterans—who didn’t seem quite so old now that I am 59—marched west on Main Street. The building where they congregated to prepare for the march is no longer known as the Legion Hall. The fire bell on the corner has long since been dismantled. But they still marched with pride and dignity. With a sense of purpose. I watched as my cousin Jack McKone carried one of the flags. I heard the Turkey Valley band play God Bless America. And I stood there with a lump in my throat as they turned north at the west end of the lumberyard for one-half block and entered the park. Men, women, and children stood with hands over hearts, each bearing secret thoughts and memories of their own.
And then a young man stood on the bandstand overlooking the hushed assembled and began to recite, “In Flanders Field the poppies blow…beneath the crosses row on row…”
I thought of Alice Costigan and Paul Junko and soldiers and sailors and marines and airmen. And days in the park as a child. And more recent wars in Vietnam and Kuwait and Iraq.
As he finished the poem, tear drops unashamedly fell down my face. At that moment there is no place in the world I would rather have been on a beautiful sun-lit morning than in Lawler, Iowa.
On Memorial Day.
(Published in the New Hampton Tribune – June 6, 2003)
and
(Published in The Draft Horse Journal – Spring 2004)

Author’s Note: This is one of my favorite stories from “Depot Street Memories-The Lawler Stories” (available as an e-book on Amazon.com for 3 bucks)

 

Memorial Day in Lawler 2003

There were countless patriotic ceremonies conducted throughout the United States this past week. Some attracted dignitaries and politicians who delivered rousing oratories produced by paid speechwriters. Others featured elite military bands, F-16 flyovers, and elaborate stages designed for a television audience.

But not one of them could have been more moving to this northeast Iowa native than the traditional gathering conducted in Lawler—the home of my youth.

My wife Renee and I had driven up from our Des Moines area home on Sunday to celebrate the high school graduation of our niece in Fort Atkinson. That evening I suggested to her that we get up early on Monday, visit the cemeteries of our respective families, and get to Lawler in time for the Memorial Services in the city park.

Although I moved away from the community in 1964 at the age of twenty, there have always been wonderful memories of my childhood there. Many are directly connected to the small piece of ground just north of the tracks next to the lumberyard. There were pick-up baseball and football games with the Scallys, Timlins, McGreeveys, and Leonards. Ice skating on cold January evenings when they flooded the area for us. A berry tree on the east end that bore fruit for the taking. And the Memorial Day parade in which soldiers from World Wars I and II and Korea marched from the Legion Hall three blocks west on Main Street to the corner with the fire bell by the lumberyard. They turned north for one-half block and entered the park. The ex-military men seemed old to me then because I was so young.

My friends and I eagerly anticipated the 21-gun salute so we could dive for the empty shell cases. Paul Junko always got there first and got the most. The rest of us begrudgingly respected his courage and timing.

And even though I never fully understood the full significance of the pageantry, I knew instinctively at some level that it was important for me to be there. Then a simple request was made by a teacher, Alice Costigan, during my freshman year in high school. “Bill, will you recite In Flanders Field in the park on Memorial Day?”

“Of course,” I agreed. “I would be honored to do so.”

And I have never taken the day for granted since. Too old to dive for shells and too young to understand the horrors of war—I memorized that wonderful poem about the dead asking to be remembered by the living, and it somehow changed my life. For the first time I really began to appreciate the sacrifices that have been made. Military men and women who survived and those who did not. Lives were given so that my family and friends could live in a free society. In New York or Los Angeles or Washington, D.C. or Chicago. Or Lawler, Iowa. And it moved me in a way that I had not been moved before.

Until this past week, thirty-nine years have passed since I last experienced the ceremony in person. However, every year I have thought of and thanked God for them—the brave soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen from Lawler.

Going back might have been one of those letdowns that occur when you return decades later.  The creek bed that’s not quite as wide or deep as you remembered. The buildings not as tall. The people not as friendly.

But it was not a disappointment. Rather, I was quietly overwhelmed with emotion as the veterans—who didn’t seem quite so old now that I am 59—marched west on Main Street. The building where they congregated to prepare for the march is no longer known as the Legion Hall. The fire bell on the corner has long since been dismantled. But they still marched with pride and dignity. With a sense of purpose. I watched as my cousin Jack McKone carried one of the flags. I heard the Turkey Valley band play God Bless America. And I stood there with a lump in my throat as they turned north at the west end of the lumberyard for one-half block and entered the park. Men, women, and children stood with hands over hearts, each bearing secret thoughts and memories of their own.

And then a young man stood on the bandstand overlooking the hushed assembled and began to recite, “In Flanders Field the poppies blow…beneath the crosses row on row…”

I thought of Alice Costigan and Paul Junko and soldiers and sailors and marines and airmen. And days in the park as a child. And more recent wars in Vietnam and Kuwait and Iraq.

As he finished the poem, tear drops unashamedly fell down my face. At that moment there is no place in the world I would rather have been on a beautiful sun-lit morning than in Lawler, Iowa.

On Memorial Day.

(Published in the New Hampton Tribune – June 6, 2003)

and

(Published in The Draft Horse Journal – Spring 2004)

Bill Sheridan

Brother Pat’s Big Catch

(This little story comes from Depot Street Memories…The Lawler Stories, available as an e-book on Amazon.Com for $3)

            Patrick was ten years old at the time. Since he is two years and two days older than me, I was eight on that sunny July 1952 afternoon.

            He was fishing off the roof of our back porch on the east side of the house with a cane pole and bare hook, as was his habit. No night crawler was necessary since the nearest body of water was at least three miles from our home. Brother Pat was ‘pretend fishing’ by trying to grab the clothesline near the southeast corner of our house. Whenever successful in the venture, he shouted to the world, “I got one!”

            Luck was on his side as he felt a tug on the line which he had blindly tossed out over the edge of the porch roof. He gave a powerful yank on the fishing line giving out an extra exuberant yelp, “I got one! I got one! I got a really big one!”

            Unfortunately for me, my luck was not as good as Pat’s. I had just stepped down from the porch when I felt a sharp pain in my left ear, and my head inexplicably began to rise.

In a split second, a fish hook was deeply imbedded in my outer ear. Patrick had not caught the clothesline. Patrick had snagged little brother Billy, and tried to haul his 89-pound trophy in until he heard me screaming.

            Now we had a serious problem. Mom was in Waucoma about seven miles away running the family locker business. The nearest doctors were in New Hampton or Fredericksburg, each approximately eight miles away. Even had there been a car at home, no one around was old enough to drive it.

            Fisherman Patrick suddenly morphed into First Responder Patrick and came up with the only solution we could think of, “Let’s go see John Costigan!”

            To this day I have no idea how he knew to do that. But it was the perfect answer. John had been in the service and must have had some training as a medic. We ran the three blocks to his business on the west end of downtown. Pat was terrified and I was crying as blood streamed out of my ear, where the hook remained buried.

            Thank God, John was not concerned about practicing medicine without a license. He calmly took a jackknife out of his pocket and proceeded to extricate the hook from my ear. After wiping the blood off my cheek, he sent both of us home with a recommendation that Pat try his luck next time at Crane Creek rather than in our land-locked back yard.

            As I write this, it’s been fifty-seven years since Pat tried to pull in that prize fish with his non-baited cane pole.

And it’s also been fifty-seven years since I’ve gotten within a hundred yards of him whenever I see a pole in his hands.

I have no desire to be mounted on the wall of his home office.

(Bill Sheridan)

 

 

May 2016 City Council Meeting Minutes

The Lawler City Council met in regular session on May 2, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Mayor Mueterthies presided.

Council members present: Izer, King, Scheidel, Throndson & Zubrod.

Others present: Kurt Croell, Tony Blazek, Randy Franzen & Jay Uhlenhake.

Moved by King, seconded by Izer to approve the Agenda with the additions of discussion of spring cleanup day and the fire bell .  All Ayes.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by King to approve the minutes of the previous meeting and to approve the bills presented to be paid with the correction to Stanton Electric bill.  All Ayes.

Hawkeye REC Service $18,188.34
Treasurer State of Iowa Sales tax first quarter adjustment $7.00
Treasurer State of Iowa sales tax  April $992.00
United States Treasury FICA, with $1,533.74
IPERS April $987.86
Salaries Salaries $6,638.82
Jendro Sanitation April garbage $2,131.02
Post Office Postage $209.00
Windstream April $93.27
Black Hills Energy natural gas $182.27
United Parcel Service shipping $103.00
Lawler Public Library allotment $1,160.00
ARAWARK rental $130.35
City of Lawler sewer payroll expense $3,309.57
Bodensteiner Imp. supplies $46.87
Gary Cuvelier 15 hrs. snow removal $150.00
New Hampton Tribune proceedings $152.15
TestAmerica water testing $50.00
Quality Pump & Control sewer pump repair $2,251.00
Blazek Corporation lagoon repairs $185.00
Stanton Electric pole replacement $863.56
Paul Niemann Const. rock $75.24
IAMU annual dues $1,121.00
Quill office supplies $274.96
Chickasaw County Clerk of Court small claims $295.00
Jerry Zweibahmer deposit refund $75.00
Jennifer Bear deposit refund $75.00
CASH, Inc. supplies & fuel $214.95
Five Star Coop park fuel $158.57
Simmering-Cory Inc. water project administrative fees $6,000.00
John Deere Financial tractor payment $8,458.81
     
Total   $56,575.35
     
Library Bills    
     
IPERS April $178.81
Cathy Humpal wages $888.20
Jane Lynch wages $51.72
Penworthy books $163.30
Windstream March $85.72
Midwest Tape dvd’s $112.30
INGRAM books $210.71
Simple & Delicious subscription $19.98
Calmar Courier subscription $33.00
Quill office supplies $38.36
DEMCO supplies $199.50
Petty Cash supplies & postage $86.87
     
Library Total   $2,068.47
     
April Receipts    
General   $693.24
Road Use Tax   $2,597.25
Property Tax   $25,018.87
Local Option Tax   $3,040.55
Park Donations   $6,232.00
Charges for Services $44,019.92
     
Total   $81,601.83

 

The Lawler Irish Fest committee members requested that the volleyball tournament during the fest be moved from Croell Park to Junko Park to make it more efficient for the players who are involved in both volleyball and kickball.  Moved by Scheidel, seconded by Zubrod to approve the volleyball tournament to be at Junko Park during the Irish Fest.  All Ayes.

John Cuvelier was not able to attend the meeting to discuss insurance renewal.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by King to approve Bucky’s cigarette permit renewal.  All Ayes.

Peak Energy Saver program from Jirak Construction was reviewed.

Moved by Zubrod, seconded by Scheidel to open the public hearing on the amendment of the current budget at 7:15 PM.  All Ayes. There were no oral or written comments or objections at this time.

Moved by King, seconded by Throndson to close the public hearing on the amendment of the current budget.  All Ayes.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by Zubrod to pass resolution #05022016 a resolution amending the current budget for the FY ending June, 2016.  All Ayes.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by Zubrod to pass resolution #050316 a resolution assessing $1581.00 to the property at 315 E Grove Street for sidewalk replacement and snow removal.  All Ayes.

The condition of N East Street and E Spring from Depot Street to the hydrant were discussed.  It was decided that E Spring would be added to the seal coating project for this year and that seal coating it not needed on N East Street.

Estimates for seal coating and crack sealing from Blacktop Service Co., Kluesner Construction, Prairie Road Builders and D&M Asphalt were reviewed.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by Izer to accept the bid as presented of $24,204.21 for seal coating from Blacktop Service Co., E Spring Street from Depot Street to the hydrant will be added for an approximate cost of $2,000.00.  All Ayes.

Letters will be sent to property owners in regard to lawn mowing and vehicle removal.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by Izer to approve payment estimate #5 in the amount of $$29,874.65 from Blazek Corporation for Well #2 and Water Main Improvement Project.  All Ayes.

Investments were discussed.  Moved by King, seconded by Izer to reinvest interest on certificates of deposit at fiscal yearend and review investments it the July meeting.  All Ayes.

Delinquent accounts were discussed.

Moved by King, seconded by Zubrod to increase utility deposits to $150.00 .  All Ayes.

Moved by King, seconded by Izer to send 12 day notice of disconnection of service to customers when their bill is delinquent after the 20th of the month.  All Ayes.

Spring Cleanup Day will be as planned.  Some of the garbage may not be picked up until Saturday depending on how much is put out for Cleanup Day.

Pat Costigan is interested in putting the  old fire bell on his lot at the corner of Lincoln and Grove.  The City would like to keep ownership of the bell if it is put on the lot.  Jeremy Scheidel will check with the fire department and it will be discussed further at the next meeting.

Moved by Zubrod, seconded by Scheidel to adjourn the meeting at 9:50 PM.  All Ayes.

______________________________

Sue Cutsforth, City Clerk

May 2016 City Council Agenda

AGENDA

REGULAR MEETING

MAY 2, 2016       7:00 PM, CITY HALL

 ROLL CALL.

 APPROVAL OF AGENDA WITH ANY ADDITIONS.

 APPROVAL & CORRECTIONS, IF ANY, OF THE MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETINGS AND APPROVAL OF THE BILLS PRESENTED TO BE PAID.

 MAYORS COMMENTS.

 BUSINESS:

  1.  LAWLER IRISH FEST – VOLLEYBALL
  2.  PUBLIC HEARING AMENDMENT OF CURRENT BUDGET – 7:15 PM.
  3.  JOHN CUVELIeR – INSURANCE RENEWAL.
  4.  ESTIMATES ON STREET PROJECT.
  5.  BUCKY’S CIGARETTE PERMIT RENEWAL.
  6.  JIRAK CONSTRUCTION – PEAK ENERGY SAVER INFORMATION.
  7.  RESOLUTION ASSESSING COSTS TO PROPERTY.
  8.  APPROVAL OF PAYMENT ESTIMATE #5 FOR WELL #2 AND WATER MAIN PROJECT.
  9.  REVIEW INVESTMENT POLICY.
  10.  DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS-UTILITY DEPOSITS-UTILITY APPLICATION.
  11.  ADJOURNMENT.

 

 

2015 Water Supply Report for City of Lawler

Click on the following link to view the most recent water supply report for the City of Lawler:

Lawler Water Supply Report

 

April City Council Meeting Minutes

The Lawler City Council met in regular session on April 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Mayor Mueterthies presided.

Council members present: Izer, King, Scheidel, Throndson & Zubrod.

Others present: Brad with Kluesner Construction, Tony Blazek, Francis Fisher, Curt Franzen, Anita Franzen & Jay Uhlenhake.

Moved by King, seconded by Throndson to approve the Agenda with the additions of nuisance at 106 E Grove Street, Iowa DOT maintenance agreement and Park Committee playground equipment purchase.  All Ayes.

Moved by Izer, seconded by Zubrod to approve the minutes of the previous meeting and to approve the bills presented to be paid. All Ayes.

Hawkeye REC Service $19,684.00
Treasurer State of Iowa Sales tax $964.00
United States Treasury FICA, with $1,523.74
IPERS March $987.86
Salaries Salaries $6,638.82
Treasurer State of Iowa withholding $804.00
Iowa Workforce Development unemployment $19.91
Jendro Sanitation March garbage $2,131.02
Jendro Sanitation yellow bags $82.50
Post Office Postage $119.00
Windstream March $87.21
Black Hills Energy natural gas $294.79
United Parcel Service shipping $38.52
Frontier Mudjacking street work $3,175.00
Lawler Public Library allotment $3,200.00
ARAWARK rental $79.65
City of Lawler electric at lift station $359.52
Brandy Williams refund $28.29
Insurance Associates insurance renewal $21,467.00
Wellmark health insurance $2,146.35
Hawkins, Inc. water supplies $195.88
TestAmerica water & wastewater testing $416.85
Key Carwash carwash tokens $20.00
Bodensteiner Imp. chains $39.51
Quality Pump & Control sewer pump repair $608.00
Brown Supply Co. street supplies $240.00
Quill office supplies $76.66
     
Total   $65,890.08
     
Library Bills    
     
IPERS March $177.94
Treasurer State of Iowa withholding $97.00
Internal Revenue Service FICA $825.32
Cathy Humpal wages $885.20
Iowa Outdoors subscription $15.00
Windstream February $85.96
Midwest Tape dvd’s $83.11
INGRAM books $114.68
Garden Gate subscription $22.00
Prevention subscription $19.97
The Courier subscription $91.85
Linda McCann books $20.00
Post Office box rent $54.00
Mitinet, Inc. computer expense $329.00
     
Library Total   $2,821.03
     
February Receipts    
     
General   $82.08
Road Use Tax   $4,076.93
Property Tax   $2,701.13
Local Option Tax   $3,040.55
Park Donations   $100.00
Charges for Services $55,263.26
     
Total   $65,263.95

Brad from Kluesner Construction presented a proposal for street crack filling and seal coating.

Mayor Mueterthies opened the public hearing on the amendment of the current budget at 7:15 PM.  There were no oral or written comments or objections at this time.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by King to close the public hearing on the amendment of the current budget.  All Ayes.

Moved by King, seconded by Scheidel to pass resolution #04042016 a resolution amending the current budget for the FY ending June, 2016.  All Ayes.

Moved by King, seconded by Zubrod to hold a public hearing on May 2, 2016 at 7:15 PM for the second amendment of the current budget.  All Ayes.  This amendment is due to a SRF loan payment due in June and extra electrical line work needed.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by King to approve the Irish Fest street closings the same as last year as per map presented and approve a beer permit for the Irish Fest for June 17-19, 2016.  All Ayes.

Moved by King, seconded by Scheidel to approve the Starlite ballroom liquor license renewal.  All Ayes

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by King to have the City Attorney send notice to the property owner at 315 E Grove Street concerning the condition of the building and to proceed with any action necessary to abate the nuisance.  All Ayes.

The property owner at 507 E Pitts Street will be given until Spring Cleanup Dat on May 13th to clean up the property.

The property owner at 106 E Grove Street will be sent notice to clean up the property.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by Zubrod to allow the E911 Board to place an antenna on the water tower provided that a contract is signed having the E911 Board responsible for all maintenance and expense of the antenna.  All Ayes.

Moved by Zubrod, seconded by Throndson to approve Bucky’s beer permit renewal.  All Ayes.

Moved by King, seconded by Izer to approve the Brite Spot liquor license renewal.  All Ayes.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by Zubrod to approve the first reading of Ordinance #330. AN ORDINANCE AMENDING WATER RATES AND CHARGES FOR THE CITY OF LAWLER, IA.  Moved by King, seconded by Izer to pass Ordinance #330 into its second reading.  All Ayes.  Moved by Scheidel, seconded by Throndson to suspend the requirements and pass Ordinance #330 into its third reading.  All Ayes.  Ordinance #330 will become effective and enforceable following publication.

Moved by King, seconded by Throndson to approve the first reading of Ordinance #320. AN ORDINANCE AMENDING REFUSE COLLECTION RATES FOR THE CITY OF LAWLER, IA.  Moved by Zubrod, seconded by Throndson to pass Ordinance #320 into its second reading.  All Ayes.  Moved by King, seconded by Scheidel to suspend the requirements and pass Ordinance #320 into its third reading.  All Ayes.  Ordinance #320 will become effective and enforceable following publication.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by Throndson to pass resolution #040616 a resolution adopting a policy on the deposit of City funds.  All Ayes.  This policy is amending the policy from the State Bank of Lawler to Bank Iowa.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by Throndson to pass resolution #040716 a resolution amending the City of Lawler, IA depository.  All Ayes.  This resolution is amending the depository from the State Bank of Lawler to Bank Iowa.

Moved by King, seconded by Zubrod to approve the insurance policy renewal from Insurance Associates.  John Cuvelier will be at the next meeting to answer any questions.  All Ayes.

Delinquent accounts were discussed.  The City Clerk was instructed to file small claims on three accounts and to disconnect one account if not paid on April 5, 2016.  All Ayes.

Moved by Izer, seconded by King to sign an agreement with the Iowa DOT for maintenance and repair of roads within the City.  All Ayes.

The Lawler Park Committee can receive the playground equipment at a discount if ordered by April 15, 2016.  Moved by Izer, seconded by King to approve the purchase of playground equipment as presented in the amount of $26,292.00 with free delivery.  The equipment will be delivered in June with payment being made in July.  All Ayes.

Moved by King, seconded by Scheidel to adjourn the meeting at 8:42 PM.  All Ayes.

______________________________

Sue Cutsforth, City Clerk

March City Council Meeting Minutes

The Lawler City Council met in regular session on March 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Mayor Mueterthies presided.

Council members present: Izer, King, Scheidel, Throndson & Zubrod.

Others present: Joe Schmitt, Ann Schmitt & Jay Uhlenhake.

Moved by King, seconded by Izer to approve the Agenda with the addition of nuisance at 507 E Pitts Street.  All Ayes.

Moved by Izer, seconded by King to approve the minutes of the previous meeting and to approve the bills presented to be paid. All Ayes.

Hawkeye REC Service

$21,002.39

Treasurer State of Iowa Sales tax

$1,030.00

United States Treasury FICA, with

$1,513.74

IPERS February

$987.85

Salaries Salaries

$6,638.82

Jendro Sanitation February garbage

$2,142.48

Jendro Sanitation January increase

$64.30

Post Office Postage

$119.00

Windstream February

$85.97

Black Hills Energy natural gas

$278.12

United Parcel Service shipping

$105.19

Pollard pest control

$54.50

Quill office supplies

$101.02

ARAWARK rental

$72.40

Five Star Coop fuel – January

$56.86

Municipal Supply electric supplies

$495.14

Sandean service

$210.37

New Hampton Tribune proceedings

$184.46

Brown Supply Company street supplies

$317.90

CASH, Inc. fuel & supplies

$428.09

Hawkins, Inc. water supplies

$283.21

TestAmerica water testing

$100.00

Iowa DNR wastewater permit fee

$85.00

Lawler Fire Department truck allocation

$5,900.00

Five Star Coop fuel – February

$98.45

State Hygeinic Lab water testing

$39.00

 

Total  

$42,856.26

 

Library Bills  

 

IPERS February

$172.76

Cathy Humpal wages

$861.11

Windstream January

$86.04

Midwest Tape dvd’s

$121.75

INGRAM books

$92.55

Cathy Humpal mileage & website renewal

$75.10

The Family Handyman subscription

$14.98

MORE Magazine subscription

$30.00

Good Housekeeping subscription

$32.07

MIDAMERICA Books books

$119.70

Petty Cash postage & supplies

$65.46

 

Library Total  

$1,671.52

 

February Receipts  

General

$236.69

Road Use Tax

5,893.55

Local Option Tax

3,595.88

Park Donations

1,477.54

Library

20.00

Charges for services

45,160.91

 

Total

56,384.57

Joe Schmitt from Cedar Valley Engine Club was present to ask for street closings during a tractor ride on June 11, 2016.  The ride will go from Highway 24 down Brush Street to Grove Street ending at the Ballpark for ice cream.  Moved by Scheidel, seconded by Zubrod to approve closing Brush Street from Highway 24 to Grove Street on June 11, 2016 for 3 hours, from 6 am -9 am.  All Ayes.

Moved by King, seconded by Scheidel to increase the garbage rates due to an increase from the refuse hauler as follows:  small tote $13.40 per month, medium tote $14.00 per month, large tote $15.25 per month.  All Ayes.

Mayor Mueterthies opened the public hearing on the FY 2016/2017 budget estimate at 7:15 PM.  There were no oral or written comments or objections at this time.

Moved by King, seconded by Scheidel to close the public hearing on the FY 2017/2017 budget estimate.  All Ayes.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by Throndson to pass resolution #3072016 a resolution adopting the FY 2016/2017 budget estimate.  All Ayes.

The nuisance at 315 E Grove was discussed.  John Izer will see if he can get in contact with the property owner and it will be discussed further at the next meeting.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by Zubrod to hold a public hearing on the amendment of the current budget on April 4, 2016 at 7:15 PM.  This amendment is due to increase in the cost of the well house/water main project and repairs that are needed on the water tower.  All Ayes.

Spring Cleanup Day will be held on May 13, 2016. The City will do TV, monitor and microwave pickup as last year.  Details will be put in the newsletter in April.

Moved by King, seconded by Scheidel to increase water rates as follows :  residential customers to a base rate of $15.50 per month and commercial customers to a base rate of $24.00 per month due to water project costs.  All Ayes.

Policies on collection of delinquent accounts on rental property was discussed.  Moved by King, seconded by Throndson to check into utility deposits and discuss it at the next meeting.  All Ayes.

Moved by King, seconded by Izer to send a letter to the property owner at 507 E Pitts Street concerning the nuisance at the property.  All Ayes.

Moved by King, seconded by Throndson to adjourn the meeting at 8:35 PM.  All Ayes.

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Sue Cutsforth, City Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Early Bird Romance

(This is a piece I wrote about a dozen years ago and was published in the Des Moines Register. Since this is Valentine’s Weekend, it came to mind)

It was so unexpected. And simple. And beautiful.
I had arrived at the West Des Moines restaurant earlier than anticipated. My wife Renee was driving directly from her job as we had planned to meet another couple for our usual weekly get-together. They had expected to arrive around 6:15 p.m., so it was going to be at least a 20-minute wait for me.
Because I had already read the Des Moines Register earlier in the day, I grabbed some type of “Over 50” paper and asked for the waitress for a booth in non-smoking.
Just as I sat down on the far east side facing toward the front doorway, an elderly couple entered. He was slightly bent and needed a walker to negotiate. I guessed him to be 80-years-old. He wore a dark suit jacket with a sports shirt and no tie. He was slightly balding with otherwise distinguished gray hair.
His wife appeared to be a couple of years younger with grayish-blue hair cut fairly short.
“You’re running late tonight,” joked the waitress.
“Yes,” she said, “almost too late for the early-bird special.”
“Not a problem. You still have plenty of time.”
He smiled at the waitress but said nothing. It was one of those awkward moments when he and I sat facing each other from neighboring booths. She sat with her back to me. Although there was nothing in the “Over 50” paper that appealed to me, I feigned interest so as not to intrude on them.
“I’ll have the steak special,” he told the waitress. Medium-well. And decaf coffee.”
I don’t recall her order, but noticed that they did not say another word until their food arrived. By the time it came, I found myself curiously aware of their presence and felt somewhat of an intruder. Several times he and I made eye contact and I self-consciously looked down at my paper, wishing either that Renee or our friends would soon arrive.
He was left-handed. And he was a fast eater. He rapidly alternated between the salad, the steak, and the baked potato.
I began to wonder about them. What had he done during his working years? A banker? Did he own a small business? Did they come in here every night?
There was no clue because he said not a word as his left hand sought out another piece of medium-well steak.
And without warning, he spoke. It was a question addressed to his partner.
“You know something?”
“What?” she asked.
“I love you.”
“That’s good.”
And his left hand effortlessly grabbed another bite of salad. From that moment on, he said not another word.
Our friends and Renee arrived simultaneously shortly thereafter. We began chatting, and I momentarily forgot about the mystery couple. Until I saw them leave. He clinging to his walker and she gently guiding him with her hand on his arm.
I related the story to my supper-mates as we watched them depart. The story of the medium- well-done steak and the early-bird romance.
And I was happy that I had arrived alone in time to witness it.
(Bill Sheridan)

February City Council Minutes

The Lawler City Council met in regular session on February 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Mayor Mueterthies presided.

Council members present: King, Throndson & Zubrod. Absent Izer and Scheidel.

Others present: Jay Uhlenhake and Roger Dreckman

Moved by King, seconded by Throndson to approve the Agenda.. All Ayes.

Moved by Zubrod, seconded by King to approve the minutes of the previous meeting and to approve the bills presented to be paid. All Ayes.

Hawkeye REC Service

$21,780.28

Treasurer State of Iowa Sales tax

$1,116.00

United States Treasury FICA, with

$1,513.74

IPERS Jaunary

$987.86

Salaries Salaries

$6,638.82

Jendro Sanitation January garbage

$2,078.18

Post Office Postage

$70.00

Windstream January

$85.57

Black Hills Energy natural gas

$238.16

Fehr Graham water project fees

$235.25

United Parcel Service shipping

$59.17

Schueth Hardware supplies

$47.26

Franzen Sales & Service blade repair

$254.79

ARAWARK rental

$72.40

Five Star Coop fuel

$91.64

Bucky’s fuel

$50.34

Wellmark health insurance

$1,335.95

New Hampton Tribune proceedings

$68.85

Brown Supply Company tire chains

$206.48

CASH, Inc. fuel & supplies

$246.83

Total

$37,639.57

Library Bills
IPERS January

$179.66

Cathy Humpal wages

$956.23

Windstream December

$85.33

Midwest Tape dvd’s

$88.16

INGRAM books

$59.77

Riley’s, Inc. fax machine

$300.00

Iowa Library Association dues

$50.00

Library Total

$1,719.15

January Receipts
General

$1,617.33

Received from CDBG

$0.00

Received from SRF

$0.00

Road Use Tax

$3,342.43

Property Tax

$1,210.35

Local Option Tax

$3,595.88

Park Donations

$25.00

Library

$10.00

Charges for Services

$38,922.06

Total

$48,723.05

Moved by King, seconded by Throndson to approve the Floyd-Mitchell-Chickasaw Landfill annual report.  All Ayes.

Moved by King, seconded by Zubrod to allot Pathways $468.00 for FY 2016/2017.  All Ayes.

Moved by King, seconded by Zubrod to hold a public hearing on the FY 2016/2017 budget estimate on March 7, 2016 at 7:15 PM.  All Ayes.

Roger Dreckman presented a map on the proposed trail at Highland Park.  The council decided to look at park funds in June to see if there will be any funds that can be used for the trail.

A letter will be sent to the owner of the property at 315 E Grove Street concerning repairs to the property and snow removal.

Moved by King, seconded by Throndson to adjourn the meeting at 7:37 PM.  All Ayes._____________________________

Sue Cutsforth, City Clerk

Binocculars and Mirrors

This is a piece I published several years ago that I hope you enjoy:

An invitation from the administration of my alma mater, Turkey Valley High School of Jackson Junction, Iowa, was such a nice gesture. Perhaps other districts around the nation do it, but I am unaware if that is the case. If they don’t, they should.

On Sunday, May 13, 2012, the graduating TVHS class of 2012 received their diplomas at a wonderful commencement exercise surrounded family and friends.
Also in the crowd sat a contingent of 13 guests, most of whom the graduates had never met; but who shared a common experience with the honorees. Thirteen of us had walked up on that same stage fifty years prior to shake hands with the superintendent and school board president. Thirteen who had not the vaguest idea what might be in store for us in the years ahead. They are only eighteen. We are sixty-eight.

We were members of the second graduating class of Turkey Valley High in 1962, five decades ago. It was one of the first consolidations in the state consisting of five small town schools: Fort Atkinson, Lawler, Protivin, Saint Lucas, and Waucoma. The school was wisely constructed in between all five villages in the unincorporated town of Jackson Junction.
On Mother’s Day 2012, it felt as though our graduation had occurred five years ago rather than five decades ago.
Forty-three of us marched across the stage in 1962. Of that number, six are now deceased.
It was a strangely comforting feeling to sit in our little group, representing those who have died and the living members who either could not make it or made the choice not to attend. The six women and seven men who did are in unanimous agreement that it was time to reflect and be thankful.
I had the good fortune to be located in a chair next to the aisle where I could turn and watch the boys and girls, soon to officially become men and women, march forward to their seats in caps and gowns. As the band played ‘Pomp and Circumstances,’ some grinned from ear to ear while others did their best to hold back tears.
It occurred to me that these beautiful youngsters were looking at life through binoculars. My 1962 classmate friends and I were looking at life through rearview mirrors.
The 2012 graduates were anticipating their first adult paychecks, trade school, or college experience. We were mostly retired. They are on a mission to explore life with a mixture of bravado, enthusiasm, fear, and joy.
We are enjoying grandchildren and coping with the grief of lost friends and loved ones.
We knew, each from own perspective, that there would be much for them to celebrate in the days and years ahead. And that there will be sorrow and pain.
But this was a day to celebrate…for them and for us. As each picked up his or her diploma, it surprised and pleased me to hear many of the same surnames I heard lo those many years ago. These graduates were obviously grandkids or nieces and nephews of my peers.
As we departed from the event, our little contingent exchanged handshakes and hugs. We were genuinely grateful for a chance to share this day with one another. And with the young people who did not know us, but shared a common heritage.
It was a day to cherish, reflect, and remember. And similar to the graduates of 2012–some of us had broad smiles. And some of us shed a few tears.

The class of 2012 looked forward. The class of 1962 looked back.
And to be perfectly candid, I’m not entirely sure who had the better view.
Bill Sheridan

william_sheridan1@msn.com

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